BBHF ‘rocks the Blues’ in Duke’s memory

Published 4:15 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Before he passed away on Aug. 14, Merlin Duke got in touch with Malinda White, Executive Chairwoman of the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, to share an idea to merge the Blues Fest and Bogalusa Rocks. And now, in honor of him, White is bringing Duke’s idea to fruition.

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival has been shown to have a major positive economic impact on the city, parish, and region, and has won all kinds of accolades, including being named OffBeat Magazine’s “Best Festival Outside New Orleans for 2015.”

Bogalusa Rocks is a Facebook page where people paint artwork or an inspirational saying on a rock, and then post a picture of it and a clue to where it can be found. People paint, hide, seek and re-hide the rocks. There were 2,203 members of Bogalusa Rocks as of Tuesday morning.

“Merlin wrote a note to me, saying he thought it was a good idea for the Blues Festival to join Bogalusa Rocks, paint some rocks, hide them, and give a complimentary ticket to the person who finds it.” White said. “He was always sending me emails about good ideas. So, in honor of him, we painted six rocks for the six years we’ve been celebrating the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, and we stamped our logo on them. Now we’re going to start hiding two rocks a week, starting this week, if weather permits.”

If you want a chance to win free admission to this year’s BBHF on Sept. 29-30, check out the clues at Bogalusa Rocks online.